LOS BANOS — Livingston High's baseball team went out Tuesday and found some company for the Western Athletic Conference basement with a 5-2 win over Los Banos.
Livingston starter Michael Torres went the distance against a dangerous LB lineup, striking out five with both Los Banos runs were unearned.
"He's a senior, he does everything we ask of him," Livingston coach Matt Winton said. "He probably started the year as our No. 4, but because of injury and stuff, he's turned into a guy that we've had to turn to as a strike thrower to challenge hitters.
"He's not going to light up the radar gun, but he's definitely going to compete and he's the best that we've got. He definitely had that curveball working today."
LB's Delvonte Moore got things started in the first inning, smacking a double to the right-field wall before stealing second and advancing home on a throwing error on the steal.
Joseph Chavez tied the game run back in the third for Livingston (10-13, 2-7 WAC), reaching on an error, stealing second and scoring on a Gabriel Perez single.
C.J. Avila put the Wolves on top an inning later when he took LB starter Chester Amaral's first offering in the side, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an Andres Bickham groundout.
Livingston's big inning came in the fifth, when an Avila single scored Perez and Luis Santacruz, who reached on a single and a fielder's choice.
"We wanted to try to keep the pressure on them offensively," Winton said. "We did a pretty good job of getting our leadoff batter on base. We're not going to sit back and hit a whole lot of home runs, so yeah, we try to play small ball as much as we can."
Los Banos (13-9-1, 2-7 WAC) closed the gap in the fifth on a Tyler Slayday sacrifice fly that scored Cristian Garnica, and Livingston got it back in the top of the seventh on a Perez RBI double. A leadoff double by LB's Gabe Lopez in the bottom of the seventh went for naught.
While the win was Livingston's first since April 2, the loss was another low point for a Los Banos team that has gone 11-2-1 in non-league play, but 2-7 in the WAC.
"It's hard to explain -- we're just not hitting the ball the way we did earlier in the year," Los Banos coach Mike Lemos said. "Baseball's a game of streaks and spurts, and when you have some success early, you hope that carries over into league, but it just hasn't been the case."